Cattle Current Daily—May 1, 2019

Cattle Current Daily—May 1, 2019

There were too few transactions to trend, but early negotiated cash fed cattle prices were sharply lower at $123/cwt. in Kansas on a live basis at $200 dressed in Nebraska.

Cattle futures continued to slide as traders closed out the books for the month and open interest continued to erode.

Live Cattle futures closed an average of 82¢ lower.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of $1.77 lower.

Wholesale beef values were lower on Choice and firm on Select with light to moderate demand and offerings, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.

Choice boxed beef cutout value was $1.30 lower Tuesday afternoon at $231.84/cwt. Select was 49¢ higher at $218.21.

Corn futures closed mainly fractionally mixed.

Soybean futures continued to slide, closing 4¢-6¢ lower.

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Major U.S. financial indices closed mixed on Tuesday. Pressure included less earnings than expected from Google’s owner, Alphabet. Support included chatter about headway in trade talks with China.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed 38 points higher. The S&P 500 closed 2 points higher. The NASDAQ was down 54 points.

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Stronger same-store sales and customer traffic levels pushed the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index (RPI) 0.9% higher in March, compared to the previous month. The monthly composite index was 101.9 in March. It tracks the health and outlook for the U.S. restaurant industry. 

Sub-indices of the RPI were higher, as well. The Current Situation Index increased 1.5% to 101.8. It declined the previous three months.

The Expectations Index increased 0.3% to 102.1. “March represented the fourth consecutive increase in the Expectations Index, which propelled the forward-looking component to its highest level in 11 months,” according to the RPI report.

Index values above 100 signal a period of expansion. Values below 100 signal a period of contraction.

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